Danny Garcia looking to KO Erik Morales on October 20th
By Sean McDaniel: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (24-0, 15 KO’s) wants to remove all doubt when he faces 36-year-old Erik Morales (52-8, 36 KO’s) in their rematch next month on October 20th at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia beat Morales by a 12 round unanimous decision in March earlier this year, but suffered a broken nose in the process of winning the fight and a lot of boxing fans came away from the fight less than impressed with what they saw of Garcia.
Garcia this time wants to not only beat Morales, but destroy him by leaving him bloody and beaten on the canvas. It’s possible if Garcia fights with the same kind of brutal intensity that he showed in his 4th round TKO win over Amir Khan last July. Garcia never let up on Khan and despite trailing early, he knocked Khan down in the 3rd round from a huge left and then finished him a round later after knocking him down twice more. If I were to pinpoint the difference between the Garcia that destroyed Khan and the Garcia that out-pointed Morales earlier in the year, I’d have to say it was the urgency that Garcia showed in the Khan fight.
He fought like he had to Khan out of there because he seemed to really dislike him. But against Morales, it was like Garcia was showing too much respect for him and seemed to carry him the full distance, fighting hard only rarely when hit hard. It’s understandable that Garcia might not have been all that enthusiastic about the fight given Morales’ advanced age and the fact that he was coming off of recent gallbladder surgery that left him stiff in the upper body. But in their rematch, Garcia doesn’t want to take it easy on Morales, or so he says, and wants to give it his all to try and blast the Mexican superstar out of there as quickly as possible. It would be in Garcia’s best interest for him to do so, because he can’t let Morales hang around for 12 rounds in a second fight because Morales’ jab is too good and his fighting spirit too high to allow him to hang around.
Garcia obviously saw the Morales fight as a good money-making fight, as did Golden Boy Promotions. From a fans perspective, it’s not interesting to see two guys fight again if the first fight happened not too long ago and it was as one-sided as the Garcia-Morales fight was. However, what’s different about this fight is that Morales has a ton of casual boxing fans that know about him and have a lot of respect for him. They either don’t have much knowledge of what happened with the last time Garcia and Morales fought or they still think Morales is good enough to beat Garcia. Many boxing fans don’t realize that Morales is 7 years past his prime and left his best behind him when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in 2005. Morales will not beat Garcia on October 20th. The only thing that will be decided with this fight is how badly Garcia will beat Morales this time.